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Mark and Tony (Men of Smithfield #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  2,113 Ratings  ·  235 Reviews
Previous Title: "Gobsmacked"

Coming home from work to find my boyfriend banging our hairy, married landlord -- in our bed -- was bad enough. Discovering Jamie had also cleaned out my bank accounts made it officially the worst day of my life. I think I can be forgiven for wanting revenge, even if a few little laws (and possibly Jamie's nose) got bent in the process.

ebook, 96 pages
Published August 6th 2012 by Carina Press (first published February 7th 2009)
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Written November 18, 2014

3.3 Stars - Strong feelings, much (justified) anger, sexy and quite fun

Book #1

I listened to this first novella audio (4:24 hrs) in the Men of Smithfield series. Pleasant, and with great enthusiasm, in a very nice way narrated by Shannon Gunn (4 stars to him).

Amusing freezing cold snowy story
...I was listening to this one some tropical warm evenings. An short and utterly perfect audiobook listening to sitting here on a balcony drinking something with a lot of i
This book was really good. I didn't know how I would feel about it because it is written in first person, and it is NO secret how I HATE first person. But, it looked good, so I decided to bite the bullet. I am glad I did.

What surprised me about the book was how funny it was. I truly wasn't expecting to laugh out loud several times. Plus, I came to care about Mark. His inner thoughts rang true to me for some reason. He was very easy to relate to, and I would be proud to call him a friend. Not to
May 28, 2015 Lena♥Ribka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of C.Cardeno, Mary Calmes and Co

Rounded up to 4 stars!

And 12 points goooooes to Shannon Gunn!!!

Well, it was much better than I expected. Sexy, witty and smart.
It reminded me of series by C.Cardeno and Mary Calmes, but- forgive me the fans of these authors!-I found L.B.Gregg much better more entertaining. What I really like here - her sense of humour that reflects perfectly in funny dialogues.

Shannon Gunn's voice makes a wet dream come true you just want MORE! And I think he delivered a very good performance playing Tony, Mark,
Feb 08, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No more Mr. Nice Guy.
Mild mannered Mark Meehan’s good judgment flies out the window when he finds his lover banging another man. Things go from bad to worse as Mark’s crazy revenge scheme uncovers shocking secrets-sending him straight into the arms of hunky lawman and old friend, Tony Gervase, a man of limited patience and secrets of his own.
From Aspen Mountain Press.

I liked Mark. In fact no, I more than liked Mark I just adored this character. He was smart and sexy, but most appealing was his v
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

**3.5 stars**

I think I would have liked this better on my Kindle and rated it a solid 4 stars instead of 3.5 stars. This was my first audiobook and I'm not completely sold on it. Most of my friends loved this narration. I think the narrator did a great job except for the voice of Tony, which kiiiillllleeeeddd me. He sounded like a constipated Tony Soprano, and I couldn't feel much for him as a character because I hated the voice so much.

This book had many things that I like. It was funny, it wa
May 05, 2015 MishyJo rated it it was ok
Well, that wasn't very good.
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Hard for me to like a story when i don't like any of the characters.

Jaimie you obviously weren't supposed to like

The MC (Forgot his name already) was just not likable IMO. He was stupid and handle everything poorly and just annoyed me to read about

Tony was ok until he admits why he pushed the forgettable main character away... (view spoiler)
I think this would have been the perfect plot for a longer book, with more space for feels and meaningful conversations between Mark and Tony, but as it stands, it was still enjoyable enough.
Nov 02, 2015 KatieMc rated it really liked it
There really isn't anything terribly innovative, twisty or different about this story. Mark is a bit down on his luck and unlucky in love. Tony is a rock, but a bit elusive. I attribute my liking this to Tony's affinity to fill a pantry with stuff from Costco and Mark recognizing a dick-pic as his ex's fat bastard. In other words, the author seems to have a knack for just the right amount of relateable detail needed for a contemporary romance. What she is doing definitely is working for me. I on ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it

Book 1: Mark & Tony - 4 stars


I think if I'd read this seriesyears ago, or even just months ago, I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did having read it just recently. Don't get me wrong...I love LB Gregg's stories and the books were, at varying degrees, really enjoyable. But, what made them very special for me is that 4 months ago, I bought a house in a small, remote country locationin northwest Connecticut. And the closest restuarant, coffee shop, grocery store...all were in
Feb 10, 2013 Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On this book is marketed under the name...

Men of Smithfield: Mark and Tony.

This is a fast-paced story with a slightly hysterical queen having a major life-crisis & melt down. I did enjoy the craziness of the story & found myself snorting in laughter. Amongst the chaos & smelly landlords, there is a sweet romance too. I will definitely continue with the series to see how the romance blossoms & grows. This was a really nice read & I would recommend it to anyone who d
Dec 09, 2014 Desinka rated it liked it
This was pretty average but fun. I wasn't impressed by either characters, romance or story. It was still a fun read and it ended before I could get bored!
Ije the Devourer of Books
Oct 29, 2013 Ije the Devourer of Books rated it it was amazing
Serious but humorous

I can't remember having read many stories that feature bad break ups in all their glory. This one does and it does it very well and in a way that is authentic. It isn't angsty either but has a humorous tone although the issues dealt with are serious.

Mark discovers his boyfriend is a louse. The louse lies, cheats and steals. Mark confronts him in a way that is public, but illegal, but also comical and so the story begins.

What follows is a journey through a bad break up to a n
Mar 16, 2013 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a 3.5 star story that I enjoyed via the audio version. This humorous story starts with Mark catching his cheating boyfriend and then turning to Tony, local cop and unrequited love-of-his-life, for help.

The narrator (Shannon Gunn) was excellent. The pacing was good and the story progressed at a good rate. His accents were brilliant, particularly Tony, so it was easy to differentiate the characters. The inflections and humour really came through in the narration. The sex scenes were also
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
Jul 18, 2014 Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews rated it really liked it
This series has often been recommended to me, but I kept pushing it back, because the title did do nothing for me. Might be weird, but with only two names as title my expectations were low and I wasn't hooked.

I finally did listen to the audiobook and was pleasently surprised. A great narration, a dynamic between the MCs that reminded me a bit of the MCs of the 'A Matter of Time' series, action, hot sex and a lot of fun *g*

There are also some stupid decisions by the MCs and I still don't really g
Apr 28, 2013 Deeze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quick-easy-reads
A quick easy read, told over the space of 4 days. Nothing to make it stand out, but still enjoyable.

I enjoyed Mark and Tony’s little will they wont they romance.

Jamie was a typical jerk you wanted to see get his comeuppance, which I’m glad to say he did, in more ways than one.

Overall a simple read with a touch of mystery and a few chuckles courtesy of Mark’s thought process.
Well, this was my first audiobook.
I'm not sure I can listen to romances on audiobook because of the hilarity. I actually think this book was pretty swell and I might've even liked it more if I read it. It's not the books fault the narrator gave Tony a hilarious voice.
Also the book was cute and funny!
Aug 02, 2013 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Audible version

I like this one best in the whole series. The funny thing is that I attempted to read this book many months ago and couldn't get past the first few chapters. Definitely lets me know that it can all come down to timing every once in a while because I really enjoyed this one.
Mar 20, 2013 ttg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars – The first story in Gregg’s Men of Smithfield series, this one focusing on Mark, who just caught his live-in boyfriend cheating, and his kneejerk quest for revenge starts with “gobsmacking” his bf with a bible and then leads to dumping his now-ex’s stuff, and then careens into finding out that all his money was stolen and he’s about to be evicted. In swoops Officer Tony, stalwart friend and his crush of long ago, but Mark is still busy fuming, so isn’t too quick on the uptake as his e ...more

3.5 stars

I loved the beginning of this. The retribution Mark gets for catching his boyfriend in their bed with another guy. There are some very funny bits in this, too. I really like Mark’s random, out of control freak-out. I don’t blame him at all.

But, the timeline in this didn’t work for me. I mean Mark and Tony have known each other, been friends, for what, thirteen years? But they were too young to get involved way back when, and there was too much going on with their families for it. They a
Feb 23, 2013 Susan65 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa...slow your jets! This story takes off at the very beginning and doesn't slow all!!

Mark is pissed...his boyfriend has played him and he is not going to take it lying down, oh no...he is gonna figure out how things got so screwed up, how he could have been so blind, and exact his revenge...even if he has to walk a fine line between the law (and Tony) to do it.

Jamie is a douche, plain and simple. Did he deserve what he got? Maybe.

Tony is only guilty of not speaking up sooner and all
Katrina Passick Lumsden
This series is cute, if not a little frustrating thanks to all the constant strife between the characters. I mean, it's charming at times, but can quickly turn grating. Good for a quick read, a distraction when you need it, but not something I'd bother with more than once.

Removed from Kindle
Mar 05, 2015 Gigi marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me
Yikes!! So not for me! (view spoiler)
Aug 24, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2009, gay, done, reread, ebook, 2012
Very good m/m romance about a guy who goes a little nuts after finding his boyfriend screwing their landlord in their bedroom and things start to spiral out of control. Then there's the friend he's had a crush on for years, who turns out to have a few secrets of his own...
Aug 20, 2012 Audrey rated it liked it
Shelves: man-love
3.5 stars.

I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I actually enjoyed it more for the story/suspense elements than for the romance development.

Mark goes postal on his now-ex-boyfriend Jamie when he discovers Jamie in their bed, cheating on him with his hairy and disgusting landlord. Unfortunately, Jamie's betrayal of their relationship is only the tip of the iceberg. Jamie is in some hot water, but luckily, Mark has his longtime police officer friend, Tony, in his corner to en
Shirley Frances
Sep 29, 2012 Shirley Frances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read, mm-series, 2012
How can you NOT read this book after reading the blurb. That scene right there was laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Mark...Mark, Mark, Mark, that is what I kept saying throughout the book. He was just so, I don't know - all over the place. He did things that were just this side of ridiculous, but funny as hell. He was foolish and impulsive. Sarcastic, funny and impulsive. So lovable and sexy and impulsive. Did I say impulsive? Well, he was. But through all that impulsiveness I could see a very funny, sa
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Well this was entertaining and funny. the opening scene was a riot!
Mark, poor Mark, a bit impulsive maybe but cute. I liked his family, the little we saw of them.
Although I'm not sure I liked Tony as much as I was supposed to.
I thought he was a bit condescending . I think I wanted to see a softer side of him and maybe a bit of groveling. His bedside manner leaves a bit to be desired too.
(view spoiler)
Jane (PS)
May 21, 2013 Jane (PS) rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, audiobook
3.5 stars
Audio: Narrated by Shannon ?

I think I may have enjoyed this better in ebook. The narrator was really very good, but there is so much happening that I suspect that reading it would have allowed me to take more in. But it is a fund romp with action and narkiness aplenty... And one very sexy hot cop.

I'll listen to this again - and hope to pick up on the things I missed :)
Feb 09, 2012 Arthur rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
None of the characters are likable. Except for the main character, everybody else cheats. And the main one simply forgives his love interest with sex. To top that, the MC has tendency to make life more difficult for himself by keep doing stupid things.
Apr 21, 2010 Janna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This review was originally posted at my blog on December 20, 2009

4.5 stars

This is the first of three books in The Men of Smithfield series. The other two are Happy Ending and Cover Me and both are on my TBR pile impatiently waiting to be read, because they know I badly want to.

Seriously, Gobsmacked was a delicious read! I obviously enjoyed it for the sweet romance and hot love scenes between cuties Mark and Tony, but even more for the highly entertaining, diverting voice with which this story wa
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